Licensed acupuncturist Destin Radder invites readers to celebrate the first anniversary of his Lewiston clinic's opening, Saturday, June 21, from noon until 4 p.m.
Radder grew up in Clarence. After living, working and studying across the world, he returned to the area in 2010 when, after graduating from a four-year acupuncture and Chinese medicine school in Santa Cruz, California, a local OB/GYN practice hired him as its in-house acupuncturist. There, he helped women reduce morning sickness, infertility, menstrual pain and hot flashes.
In 2013, Radder left to start his own private practice and open Lewiston's first exclusive acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic. In the past year, he has helped men and women in Niagara County heal and reduce low back pain, neck pain, headaches, hip pain, sciatica and digestive disorders such as IBS, acid reflux, abdominal pain, chronic constipation and diarrhea.
"I offer, especially, an alternative for pain," Radder said. "I believe that Western medicine and Eastern medicine can really work well together as long as we can really identify our strengths and weaknesses. And I think an ideal place where acupuncture in Eastern medicine can integrate into the Western medical model is with pain - non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical pain relief.
"Over 3,000 years, Chinese medicine has had experiences with a myriad of diseases and disorders. But it seems like pain and chronic health issues are two areas that we can really offer people a good alternative."
As part of his anniversary celebration, Radder will offer an introduction to Chinese medicine (discussion and Q&A) at 1 p.m. He will give an acupuncture demonstration at 2 p.m.
"One of my favorite things is to try to demystify Chinese medicine, and take the 'woo woo' and the mystery out of it," Radder said. "And really, it's time-tested techniques."
"We offer a different perspective," he added. "One of the most difficult things for me to learn in school was thinking in a non-Western fashion, and not thinking in cells and nerves, but thinking in another way."
"It's just a different approach to how the body works, how to affect the change, and how to bring it back into vibrant health," Radder said.
At 3 p.m., Radder is offering a free acupuncture mini-treatment so visitors can experience acupuncture firsthand.
The anniversary event also has raffle prizes, 50-percent-off future acupuncture treatment coupons, snacks and beverages.
One grand prize winner will receive a complimentary initial acupuncture treatment appointment or a free follow-up. One second prize winner will receive free probiotics from Garden Of Life.
Destin Radder, Licensed Acupuncturist, PLLC, is located at 779 Cayuga St., Suite 4 (behind Tin Pan Alley) in the Village of Lewiston. To learn more about Radder, or to make an appointment, visit www.DestinRadder.com or call 716-405-0078.